The Story So Far…

Article by Tom Green…

Photo by Andrew Smith / Inverness Courier

The Highland Wildcats successfully managed to defend their Scottish division title this season. The team will be looking to emulate the success of the 2011 squad who won Britbowl XXV. The team has had many changes from previous seasons including the introduction of the Highland Academy Community League (HACL) which has increased participation in the Highland area. The number of coaches has had to increase to accommodate the influx of new players. All of these changes have had a dramatic effect on the team’s performance from last season.


The Moray Tournament

Wildcats 38-0 Pirates
Wildcats 64-12 Buccaneers
Wildcats 40-0 Tide

The opening tournament of the season in Lossiemouth proved a good test of the new look Wildcats with the uncertainty of having a new team in the division. The Inverness based team however were un-phased and won all three games comfortably due to the quality of the running game and a solid defensive unit. One good example of this fast flowing football was used against the greatly improved Hamilton Buccaneers who were wearing out towards the end of the game. This set the foundations for the rest of the season.


WolvesThe Inverclyde Tournament

Wildcats 69-13 Buccaneers
Wildcats 42-6 Wolves
Wildcats 56-0 Phoenix

The second tournament of the campaign saw the Wildcats play in Inverclyde. The Inverclyde Phoenix have been the Highland Wildcats strongest rivals in recent years but the depth of the Highlanders proved too much for the exhausted Phoenix by the last game of the tournament. This allowed them to go through the tournament with relative ease.

The Highland Tournament
Wildcats 1-0 Wolves
Wildcats 1-0 Phoenix
Wildcats 40-6 Tide

Unfortunately the Phoenix and the Wolves were unable to raise teams for the Highland Tournament but it didn’t stop the Wildcats having a great game against local rivals the Moray Tide. The score would suggest that the game was a walk over but it certainly wasn’t. The Tide had greatly improved by the time of the Highland Tournament and could have scored on multiple situations if it wasn’t for solid performances by the Wildcats cornerbacks and linebackers.

smIMG_5562The East Kilbride Tournament
Wildcats 65-2 Buccaneers
Wildcats 56-0 Wolves
Wildcats 28-25 Pirates

The final tournament of the regular season saw the youth Wildcats have two strong games against the Buccaneers and Wolves where they scored 121 points. However this tournament was anything but a walk over as the Pirates held their own to provide one of the closest games in the Scottish division. As a result of this tournament the Highland Wildcats achieved a perfect regular season and a place in Britbowl XXVIII.

 

Article by Tom Green…

Cover photo by Andrew Smith

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